|Type 2 Paratrooper Jump Smock
This style of step-in jump smock (nicknamed "bonesack" by the cynical paratroopers) replaced the first pattern, which was characterized by the double-zip fronts. The 2nd pattern, shown at left, was the type most commonly used through 1941 and continued to be manufactured through at least May 1942. Even after the introduction of the Type 3 smocks (the snap-up style) in splinter camouflage the old hares held on to their gray-green step-ins, in some cases altering the bottoms to the "snap-up" style.
The 1st and 2nd pattern bonesacks were made up of a special "marled" gray/green high-cotton content twill (85% cotton-15% rayon blend - no linen), approx 12-14 oz. per yard in weight. The fibers from which the fabric is woven are actually a mix of strands in three color ; greenish gray (approx 50%), orange (approx 25%), and jade green (approx 25%). The orange and jade fibers are only visible within a few inches; farther away and they disappear into the overall gray-green effect. Fortunately, this makes it easy to avoid getting taken by someone trying to pass off a reproduction as an original. The cost of having this marled fiber fabric reproduced would be very expensive, so it's not likely a faker will try to do it. If you're examining an original step-in and you don't see the orange and jade fibers on close inspection....well, you'll know what to do.
|Type 2 Jump Smock
That's our reproduction above. It's in gray-green twill and has heavy metal zippers. The leather tabs have not yet been applied to the specimen in the photo. Snaps are either Prym or Stocko, both brands, and others, were used by the Germans during WW2. Our repro features the internal half-sleeves from elbow to wrist, the vented armpits, and the relief-zipper (which most repros omit). In short, every stitch was taken from an original, like everything else we make.